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The Cat Island With No Cats

This was supposed to be a picture of dozens of eager kittehs roaring up the stairs to partake of my squid snax.
This was supposed to be a picture of dozens of eager kittehs scampering up the shrine stairs to mob me for my squid snax.

So, I went to one of Japan’s famed cat islands…and didn’t see any cats. Well, okay, I saw a few, but nothing like the Bunny Island mobbing I was hoping for.

Hey, if you'd checked our contracts, you'd KNOW that May to October is NAPTIME, especially during the daylight hours when the ferry brings would-be cat tourists
Hey, if you’d checked our contracts, you’d KNOW that May to October is NAPTIME, especially during the daylight hours when the ferry brings would-be cat tourists
This ought to have been the sampler pack, not the "look at the vast number of cats here!" shot
This ought to have been the sampler pack, not the “look at the vast number of cats here!” shot
Just imagine there are a hundred more of these
Just imagine there are a hundred more of these
Talk to my agent
Talk to my agent
At least the ones I saw had attitude
On the steps of the Hardly Any Cats Here Shrine, this one finally threw me a bone and tossed off a just-like-in-the-ukiyoe-prints pose

Notes to self:

  1. Apparently, there is more than one “famous cat island” in Japan
  2. The middle of the day (which in cat-reckoning means 9-5) is for sleeping in a secrit shady spot NO EXCEPTIONS
  3. Cats are not as friendly as bunnies, but more friendly than hedgehogs

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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